The Scottish government have appointed a professor of EU studies to advise ministers on the preparing of terms of entry into the EU if Scotland votes yes to independence.
The Scottish Democratic Alliance submits that the people of Scotland should be given the CHOICE of joining the EU or alternatives such as EFTA, by means of a referendum.
The Scottish Democratic Alliance believes that on such a critical issue the people of Scotland should be given the democratic right to express their opinion. The SNP through the current Scottish Government are dictating to the people.
SDA standing for Democratic Choice. SNP stance is for Diktat.
The UK government are again using FEAR tactics when they say sovereign Scotland will have to negotiate new trade and defence treaties after Independence. We know that. Every newly independent nation has done the same thing and managed just fine.
This is a measure of the fear building within the UK government as they increasingly come to realise how much they will lose when they no longer have Scotland as a key resource centre within the Union.
Scotland's innovative skills, technical and cultural capabilities and the general good will in which the Scots are held globally play a significant part in the trading bonds within the Commonwealth and other nations across the globe. The Scots have always been respected and successful international traders and goodwill ambassadors and this will continue after independence - but working for Scotland rather than the UK government.
Why should Scotland inherit a share of UK debt? Scotland is solvent, there is a surplus net flow of revenues from Scotland into the UK treasury. We subsidise the UK treasury. The UK debt is generated by and for southern Britain and foreign policies which Scots do not agree with. None of this debt has been incurred in Scotland so why should we be made to pay for UK government incompetence? The Scottish Government operates a balanced budget.